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St Mary's Island and headland

What the plan involves

The project will ensure the survival of the lighthouse tower and former keepers’ cottages and see the original lighthouse optic rebuilt at the base of the tower.

The walls and roof of the lighthouse tower will be repaired and repainted, including replacement of damaged glazing to the tower.

Redesigning the internal space of the former keepers’ cottages, now the visitor centre, will allow for improved visitor toilets. A new internal lift to the first floor will also be provided.

There will be a new lightweight ground floor extension to the south west, sea-facing side of the lighthouse, creating flexible classroom/exhibition space. 

To the south east, an extension creating a covered structure that can be opened to the elements providing indoor/outdoor learning/exhibition space will be created.

And a ground floor extension to the north east, sea-facing side, of the visitor centre will provide retail space.

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How much will it cost?

The project is expected to cost around £2.7 million.

When is it happening?

A Stage Two application will be submitted to the HLF in June 2018 - if successful, we will secure £2.1m of funding and work is then expected to begin spring 2019.



St Mary’s Headland

Outline proposals have been put forward for a new development at St Mary’s Headland, providing modern all-year-round café facilities for visitors and residents at this popular destination. The development will be subject to further consultation and planning approval.  This scheme will be delivered by a private developer.




Virtual tour

Take a full 360-degree tour of the lighthouse as it currently looks. This tour was donated by local company


Contact us

Jane Allison
Regeneration Officer
Telephone: (0191) 643 6479

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